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𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐌𝐞𝐥𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞 𝐓𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐂𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝟏𝟓𝟎 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬

Hear four expert speakers describe the colourful history of this iconic telescope as it celebrates 150 years since its first light. Listen to tall tales from its construction in Dublin, Ireland and its glory years at the Melbourne Observatory. Be impressed at how the telescope recorded the first observation of dark matter as a MACHO object. While you may shed a tear at the demise of the telescope in the 2003 Mount Stromlo fires, you will certainly be enlivened by the story of its recent reconstruction and the opportunity to see progress towards its restoration.


When Sunday 24 November 2019 2pm – 5pm

Where Scienceworks, Pumping Station north boiler room 2 Booker Street, Spotswood

Tickets & bookings: $20 adult, $10 concession Tickets also include entry to Planetarium Show “Capturing the Cosmos”


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Crux Online

The PDF version of Crux is now available for downloading by members.


ASV Items For Sale

A section in the ASV Forum has been created for members wanting to buy or sell Astronomical Items.

Please log in to the Members Only section and visit the Forum or click on the 'Chat' icon.


The Great Melbourne Telescope Restoration Project

Here's a link to a story by Liz Clarkson with a number of images of ASV members hard at work in restoring the Great Melbourne Telescope. It gives a little bit of history and outlines the aims and current status of the project to bring this telescope back to Melbourne Observatory, in a working condition for members of the public to look through. It was once the largest steerable telescope in the world back in the late 1880s.